Failed cellphones of the recent past
The cell phone market is indeed evolving rapidly. After you buy even the best cell phone available in the market, it is hard not to think about buying a better model within no time. While the cell phone companies are constantly trying to meet the expectations of the customers, they keep on experimenting with the designs to create something out of the box.
While a lot of cell phone models become the hype of the market, a few fail to deliver what they promise. Unless the particular model has something very unique to offer, the tough competition at times makes it very difficult for the cell phones to survive. Considering that even the best brands have made some silly mistakes, here’s a list of the 10 cell phones which failed to make a positive impression.
Google Nexus One
The Google Nexus one was supposed to draw the attention of the potential iPhone buyers but unfortunately it failed to do so. Compared to Apple’s service, Google rather relied on emails and online support rather than a proper customer service which was a significant drawback. The features which led down the overall appeal of this phone includes lack of internal storage, poor camera quality even being a 5 megapixel, useless tracking ball, no mute button and many more. Overall, the Google Nexus One is a smart phone but it should have not promised what is hard to deliver, i.e., Perfection.
The Blackberry Torch was launched to compete with the overpowering iPhone and Android phones but it fell down on its face. Though the design compelled the buyers to consider a Blackberry which came with a touch and a sliding keypad but unfortunately it was just another Blackberry which evoked no need to spend the extra bucks on a costlier model. The drawbacks included a dull display, an overall slow hardware with amateur software especially when compared to Android and iPhone. Overall the phone was far less than interesting.
Microsoft Kin phones
The social networking hype was just not enough to keep the Kin phones alive for long. It was just a matter of time till Microsoft pulled out their money from the advertising campaigns and the phones were out of the shelves. Apart from the usage limitations, the Kin phones lacked a serious source of entertainment, i.e., Apps which Apple and Android lovers were fascinated have been fascinated with. Microsoft’s plans of merging windows phone 7 and Kin phones have become a long gone story and there are only a few people who will remember the fate of these phones. Overall, too many social networking tie ups, unnecessary updates and the not enough entertainment led to its failure.
Palm Pre Plus
A heavy price plus sprint as their carrier partner who have already been facing customer loyalty issues, the launch was itself a big risk. The phone faced a tough competition and carried a lot of drawbacks too. The phone lacked any software for WebOS platform, very limited applications for the users to choose from, and for pushing the sales it needed Verizon from the start. Overall, the research and planning went a whole lot wrong.
T-Mobile myTouch 3G Slide
The phone did not suffer due to a lot of limitations but was killed by the competition. The iPhone 4 hype made the T-mobile myTouch to suffer. The camera quality of the phone was not up to the mark and some applications fell slow of speed. But other than small things, there was nothing very bad about the phone.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro
The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini Pro relied on the dated 1.6 version of Android which is not at all impressive. Also, the screen is probable too small for those expecting a smart phone out of it. To mention, the phone is slightly sluggish with QVGA resolution which is not enough to compete the other Android makes. The design of Xperia X10 Mini Pro lacked the universal appeal and lack of sales proves it.
The Motorola i1 is supposedly a business edition phone. It does not lack in a lot of features apart from a poor image quality which was not expected from a 5 megapixel camera. The iDEN data network is poor and the Android 1.5 turned out to be just not enough.
There is absolutely no doubt about the quality make of HTC and the superb design of this phone. It has probable the biggest screen and also has the most powerful features with the latest operating system and interface. What led to its niche appeal is the weight which is quite heavy, its big size which is not for everyone and it is not a bargain at all when it comes to the price. The other drawbacks include a camera quality not up to the mark and a poor battery life. The phone is not dead but it’s overrun by the smarter competition.
RIM BlackBerry Curve 3G 9330
The Blackberry Curve 3G 9330 is no different from its brother Curve 8530. The image quality came out as being poor; complaints about low network strength and poor interface were also in the air. Overall, the phone is a good mid-section buy but nothing brilliant about it.
The Dell Aero was an attempt by Dell to outshine their competitors in the phone market but considerably failed due to their lack of experience. The Dell Aero is sluggish as it runs on Android 1.5 and 624 MHz compared to the real smart phones. The competition is too tough to handle when iPhone and Android is on the run.